What to watch for during the SEC Network announcement today
Today, Mike Slive will arguably hold the most important announcement of his outstanding career regarding the new SEC Network in Atlanta.
The announcement will include more than 30 SEC coaches from various sports, and it will be just another crowning moment for the SEC and Slive.
Here are a few things to look out for, and a few things we already know:
Launch Date: The expected launch date is August 2014. The full year gives the network time to set up its entire infrastructure. The network is expected to go for 15 to 20 years.
Who owns it: The SEC and ESPN will own it together. Most think the SEC will own majority stake of 51%, while ESPN will own 49%. This is the same framework as the Big Ten Network. ESPN will handle all the day-to-day operations out of Charlotte, North Carolina.
No More CBS? This doesn’t mean, however, that we won’t see Uncle Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson announcing on CBS every Saturday Down South.
Nine-game schedule talk: Although we probably won’t get an announcement today, the SEC Network furthermore impresses upon the idea that the SEC will move from an eight-game conference schedule to a nine-game schedule in the future. The nine-game league schedule will be too much for the SEC to pass up, revenue-wise.
What fans will get and where: Around the clock SEC programming – all you want and more. Live shows, analysis and different features. It will all be delivered to your home. In fact it will be in around 30 million homes around the southeast, according to Florida president Bernie Machen.
Expected worth: An expected value of $400 million per year in SEC television revenue, or $28.5 million per team. Some say it could be as high as $30 million per team.
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